Culpeper Cares Small Business Recovery Grant update and Round 2
Culpeper Cares Awards $956,742 in Recovery Grants to Small Businesses & 501c3 Entities
The Culpeper County Department of Economic Development is pleased to announce the award of
economic recovery grant funds totaling $956,742 to ninety (90) local businesses and 501c3 nonprofit organizations through the Culpeper Cares Small Business Recovery Grant fund, a joint economic recovery program of the County and the Town.
The Culpeper County Board of Supervisors by its commitment of federal CARES Act funds to the
Culpeper Cares program financially supports the award of cash grants to small businesses and
501c3 organizations to assist with operational costs during a time when local companies are hard
hit with significant reductions in revenue and cash flow.
The Culpeper Cares Small Business Recovery Grant fund will be opening a second round of
applications on August 26, 2020, with a September 9, 2020 deadline. In the second round, the
local for-profit businesses will have access to $1.8M and the 501c3 non-profit organizations will
have access to $355,000.
It is intended that the eligibility criteria for the second round of Culpeper Cares grant funds will
make the award of funds more accessible to Culpeper businesses and organizations. Specifically,
the annual gross receipts cap has been removed; the business age eligibility has been slightly
expanded; and privately owned and operated franchise establishments may now apply. All types
of businesses, including agricultural operations which may not have qualified in the first round are
encouraged to take advantage of these funds with the revised criteria.
The primary grant fund qualifications do remain the same – all applicants will need to demonstrate
a 25% economic injury due to COVID-19; be a legally operating business or organization in
Culpeper, Virginia; will need to have between zero (0) and fifty (50) full-time equivalent
employees; be current on local taxes; and will have to complete an interest form first, followed by
the online application and provide all of the required supporting documentation required to verify
“Round one results are a good starting point, and with the eligibility criteria changes for round
two, I anticipate we will be able to reach a wider range of businesses and organizations in our
community. COVID-19 continues to disrupt Culpeper’s industries, from our restaurants to our
farms, our merchants to our manufacturers. The impact to each industry may vary, but each
business and organization has experienced economic injury. The Culpeper Cares grant is designed
to provide short term operational relief to qualifying businesses and organizations, and I look
forward to seeing the continued success of this program as we prepare to open round two on August 26th,”
-Chairman of the Board, Gary Deal has stated.
The Culpeper County Department of Economic Development Office and the Town of Culpeper
Department of Tourism are available to answer questions and provide assistance to businesses with
regard to the application process.
To learn more about Culpeper Cares Small Business Recovery Grant , Round Two, please visit:
You may also email CulpeperCares@culpeperva.gov or call Phil Sheridan at (540)727-3410.
Culpeper Cares Small Business Recovery Grant
Culpeper Cares Small Business Recovery Grant – Culpeper Cares is a new $3.3 million grant program to assist small businesses in Culpeper County and the Town of Culpeper, Virginia affected by COVID-19. The program is funded using federal CARES Act funds provided to Culpeper County and the Town of Culpeper and will be administered by Community Investment Collaborative (CIC). The program’s primary purpose is to provide immediate relief to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Culpeper County and the Town of Culpeper hope to help small businesses remain in business through the COVID-19 emergency and address gaps that may exist among complementary programs. Grants will be made in the amounts of $10,000, $15,000, or $20,000 and will be based upon the number of full-time equivalent employees.
Culpeper Cares Grant Interest Form
Please click here to complete the Culpeper Cares grant interest form. This is NOT the grant application. We will use the information captured in the interest form to notify you when the grant application opens on July 14, 2020. This is a required step in the process. The application will be an online form, backed by Lenderfit, which you have to be invited to. The interest form generates your invitation.
Need help? This below video and presentation walks users through the Culpeper Cares grant application. For more assistance contact the Department of Tourism and Economic Development at 540-727-0611 or by email: CulpeperCares@culpeperva.gov